Result: 2nd BR’s BareFoot 5K Run

12 09 2011

2nd BR’s Barefoot 5K Run

Philippine Army Grandstand & Parade Ground

4:00 PM, September 10, 2011

Rank Name Time
1 Randy Bumahit 19:24
2 Michael Mendoza 19:28
3 Peter Edmund Carranzo 20:00
4 Fernando Cabanero 20:42
5 Jonathan Ronquillo 20:44
6 Erik Talagtag 21:46
7 Leoncio Genon 22:04
8 Enrique Sundiang 22:15
9 Tom Soliven 22:47
10 Angelo Lagumbay 22:53
11 Mac Millan 23:01
12 Graciano Santos 23:06
13 Jun Javier 24:13
14 Kokoy Delmo 25:01
15 John Cuestas 25:58
16 William Jalimao 26:40
17 Jesus Tolentino 27:00
18 Kim Flores 27:09
19 Ronnel Go 27:16
20 Chaley Lazaro Jr 27:19
21 Nicolas De Leon 27:28
22 Jennybave Dela Cruz (F) 27:30
23 Mike Logico 27:37
24 Alex Jones 27:39
25 Jarold Lorete 27:50
26 Aileen Manat (F) 27:56
27 Ruther Angeles 28:02
28 Jose Llaneta 28:23
29 Mark Viesca 28:24
30 Ronaldo Salupas 29:01
31 Roy Ocharo 29:11
32 Irhys Piacos (F) 29:12
33 Jessie Llanera 29:29
34 Larry Abulencia 29:37
35 Ryan Cardenas 29:48
36 Roger Abarico 29:49
37 Gerda Summerian Cuestas (F) 29:58
38 Christian Analupa 30:00
39 Benedict De Jesus 30:21
40 Mark Alano 30:39
41 Philip Ellazo 30:55
42 Lloyd Lopez 31:15
43 Aileen Piacos (F) 31:17
44 Roque Lorenzo 31:22
45 Minnie Beth Tomas (F) 31:52
46 Ed Mar Galocgoc 33:16
47 Joseph Cuizon 33:16
48 Mark Obligado 33:19
49 Edrick Ang 33:44
50 Errol Rafalle 34:09
51 Pjong Dela Paz 34:19
52 Nancy Brazil (F) 34:31
53 Gerald Austria 34:43
54 Anna De Chavez (F) 34:47
55 Cherry Tamayo (F) 35:25
56 Pamela Mangampo 35:26
57 Darwin Del Valle 35:52
58 Dina Odo 36:40
59 Jan Micheal Yu 36:41
60 Takumi Reyes 37:10
61 Francis Chua 37:20
62 Dianne Alano (F) 38:26
63 Rexie Saldivar 39:12
64 Vannz Flores (F) 39:37
65 Violeta Flores (F) 39:43
66 Chino Atayde 40:14

Result: BR’s 1st “Minimalist” 5K Run

11 09 2011

1st “Minimalist” 5K Run

Philippine Army Grandstand & Parade Ground

4:00 PM, September 10, 2011

Rank Name Time
1 Ryan Moral 21:09
2 Ben Silva 21:30
3 Mark Arroyo 21:30
4 Hale Vankonghnett 21:32
5 Jun Javier 22:44
6 Francis Coles 22:50
7 Julito Pauley 24:19
8 Alfredo Vedarozaga 24:57
9 Timothy Taburico 25:09
10 Jun Arganda 26:24
11 Aladdin Cordero 27:03
12 Irish Rivera (F) 27:19
13 Wesley Orana 27:24
14 Celito Macachor 27:45
15 Ronaldo Salupas 27:56
16 Dado Perlas 28:10
17 Jeric Estabillo 28:27
18 Pancho Samonte Jr 29:05
19 Beth Rosal (F) 30:25
20 Carmeli Ortega (F) 30:42
21 Garry Chua 31:43
22 Bien Soberano 32:15
23 Arnel Cupon 33:44
24 Ceres Nido 36:29
25 Glo Labao (F) 38:26

8-Hour Run @ TD 100 Route

8 09 2011

On the last week of July, I went to Fort Magsaysay and make a recon on the trail route surrounding the Taklang Damulag Mountain. I mentioned in one of my previous posts about my trek towards the peak of the said mountain where I timed 52:37 minutes to reach its peak from Fernandez Hill, a distance of 2.7 kilometers. The trek to the peak was only a part of the 25-kilometer distance that I run & walked/hiked during that day and the trail loop towards the mountain peak from Fernandez Hill and around as it covers a distance of 13 kilometers. It took us 5+ hours to cover the distance (25K) as most of were hiking and brisk walking. If we tried to jog and run the flat portions of the route, we could have made it in 3+ hours. This part of the Taklang Damulag 100-mile run consists of the “inner loop” of the course.

The following were the pictures taken during my recon run at the “inner loop” on the last week of July:

Descending From The Peak Of Mt Taklang Damulag

Lots of Single-Track Trail Around Mt Taklang Damulag

Muddy & Slippery Trail

Lots of Stream Crossings!

More Muddy Trail

....and Wider Streams To Cross!!

Last Thursday afternoon, together with one of my elite athletes, Jack Espana, I went to Fort Magsaysay and slept overnight in one of the transient facilities. We were already in bed at 9:30 PM and woke up at 4:30 AM of Friday. At 5:30 AM, we started our run from the Starting Area of the Race by hiking the first 2 kilometers as our warm-up. The purpose of the run is to recon the first 40K distance of the route which is considered as the “outer loop” of the TD 100 route. The trail route is located outside the cantonment area of Fort Magsaysay passing through Barangays Pag-asa, Dona Josefa, Bacao, Langka 1 & 2, Palale, Cattle Stock Farm, and Nazareth.

@ Km #6 in Barangay Dona Josefa

First of So Many Spillways To Cross

Am I Floating Above the Water?

Detailed "Looks" of the Trail Route

One of the Paths Towards The Peak of a Mountain

One of The River Crossings

Jack Was Infront Of Me Trying To Look For A Trail

Nice REMINDER Along The Route!

Typical Condition of the Route @ Cattle Stock Farm (Km #30)

Another Nice Reminder Along The Cattle Stock Farm

Watchout For This AlongThe Route!!! It's The Real "Taklang Damulag"!!!

Practically, we left on the northern side of the camp and run through the trails on the eastern side of the camp and then re-entered the camp from the south direction. The route traverses through rolling hills and mountains with maximum elevation of 375 meters with lots of stream crossings through spillways and river crossings. What made the run very relaxing was the scenery, clean air, overcast sky, rain & showers on mid-day, and some conversations with the residents along the route.

We had two “pit stops” along the route. These “pit stops” are sari-sari stores that sell anything from assorted bread & chips to drinks. We took some time to eat solid foods on these stores and were able to talk to the owners. The people were surprised as they always asked us where are our bicycles as we tell them where we came from. Bicycles? What bicycles are they talking about? They told us that a group of cyclists on mountain bikes would usually pass along the said route. Well, we told them that we were running, jogging and walking along the said route. It appeared that we were the first ones whom they see (as outsiders/visitors) to be running & hiking the said route.

Our "Pit Stop" @ Barangay Palale. Km #26

The People Does Not Know "Mami", They Call It "Noodles"

Our "Brunch" For The Day To Include Bread/Pandesal

We finished our recon run before 3:00 PM as we reached our Starting Area. After a quick shower, we were out of Fort Magsaysay as we headed towards Eva’s Restaurant near the boundary of Zaragoza, Nueva Ecija and La Paz, Tarlac where the best and very hot Bulalo is being served.

Getting back from the result of our recon run on the TD 100 route. So far, I have run through a distance of 65 kilometers from the 80K-loop of the trail route with an aggregate total time of 13+ hours. And since the remaining 15K route is on an easy rolling and flat terrain, it could be covered in another 2.5 hours. Adding these times would total to 15-16 hours to cover one loop of the course! However, my recon runs had averaged a pace of 12-15 minutes per kilometer which was basically a “hiking” pace! So, from these data, an average ultra runner could finish one loop in less than 15 hours.

The actual measurement of the course is done! The next thing to do is to finalize the administrative and operational needs for the race!

Guys, I only need 25 “brave and hardcore” runners for this another historic FIRST 100-mile trail endurance running event in the country. Let us help one another in putting our country in the world’s map of ultra trail running.

Official Result: 2nd Mt Pinatubo 50K Trail Challenge

5 09 2011

2nd Mt Pinatubo 50K Trail Challenge

5:00 AM September 4, 2011

Sta Juliana, Capas to Crater Lake & Back

Rank Name Time
1 Alfredo Ocampo 6:29:03
2 Rodel Gajol 6:29:05
3 Rayman Delos Angeles 6:34:10
4 Roel Olimba 6:43:07
5 Jerome Lagumbay 7:12:09
6 Jonel Mendoza 8:04:19
7 Godfrey Gozo 8:07:43
8 Ariel Briones 8:15:33
9 Ronel Mondedo 8:19:32
10 Joel Korea 8:20:30
11 Graciano Santos 8:22:10
12 Vergilio Leona 8:32:48
13 Edwin Gajol 8:39:06
14 Randy Rubio 8:40:45
15 Meljohn Tezon 8:50:53
16 Alexander Cenzon 8:55:42
17 Ian Esquilong 8:56:06
18 Angelo Lagumbay 8:57:15
19 Paolo Osmena 8:57:26
20 Andrew Balaaldia 9:13:28
21 Frederick Quitiquit 9:27:14
22 Jay Sabido 9:27:23
23 Samson Ocampo 9:28:28
24 Keshia Fule (F) 9:29:07
25 Toots Moratillo 9:33:33
26 Mark Villafuerte 9:35:38
27 Jael Wenceslao 9:36:15
28 Ronald Yllana 9:44:34
29 Arlito Masamoc 9:52:03
30 Jake Pescador 9:52:04
31 Benedick Meneses 9:59:02
32 Chito Carreon 10:00:51
33 Jazz Paringit 10:04:52
34 Mel Severino 10:10:05
35 Lester Jerome Chuayap 10:10:06
36 Chips Dayrit 10:16:47
37 Gil Ocampo 10:28:00
38 Raul Roco 10:28:24
39 Luke Mark Odon 10:41:19
40 Carl Ocampo 10:41:24
41 Ronaldo Sulapas 10:42:39
42 Ronnel Go 10:49:05
43 Nelson Mallillin 10:49:58
44 Emiliano Burgos 11:07:27
45 Audi Samar 11:09:18
46 Bong Alindada 11:13:49
47 Arman Garcia 11:15:28
48 Sherwin Botabara 11:23:54
49 Ray Batino 11:25:24
50 Robert Reyes 11:28:36
51 Maria Angela Stefanie Hefti (F) 11:28:38
52 Conrado Teodoro 11:28:45
53 Orlando Ylana 11:46:35
54 Philippe Arenillo 11:55:42
55 Bien Soberano 12:04:43
56 Zaldy Santillan 12:09:27
57 Garry Garcia 12:39:49

A total of 66 trail runners started the race with 9 participants declared as DNF. Congratulations to everybody for having the courage to join this trail running event. The stories and experiences of the runners will prove that this event is considered as the “toughest and most challenging” trail run in the country today. That is why it will remain as a CHALLENGE to everybody.

Congratulations to the Podium Finishers and to all the runners who braved the “sudden landslides” of lahar mountains; scorching heat of the sun in the early morning; heat from the lahar sand at mid-noon and early afternoon; more number of water crossings from wider rivers with flowing sands; strong downpour of rain in the afternoon; bigger and slippery rocks along the route; quicksands; and “flush flood” from the rivers.

For those who DNFed and got “temporarily lost” during the race, you still have a chance to redeem and improve your times for the next edition of the race.

See you next year!!!

1 Million Hits

1 09 2011

Last Tuesday, August 30, 2011, my blog registered its 1,000,000th-hit, for a duration of 3 years and 10 months of consistently writing about running. I emphasized the word “consistent” because it’s the most important description for a person to improve in his running or in his/her pursuit to improve in any kind of endurance sports. It is also best described on my ability to share my journal, experiences, training, and readings about running through regular posting in this blog.

I could not quantitatively measure the impact and contribution of this blog to the present “running boom” in the country but I am sure that this blog has a group of avid followers that are inspired to go out of their way to experience what is like to be running on the road, oval track and on the trails. I hope these readers would be able to share this blog to “newbies” and spread the “good news” about running.

This blog will continue to be simple and void of any commercialism of any brand or corporate endorsement. I will continue to feature my running needs and equipment  which I think would make my running more enjoyable and fun.

In addition to running events up to marathon distance, this blog will consistently promote ultra marathon or ultra running through the BDM Races and PAU Events whether on paved roads or trails.

To all my readers, thank you very much for having your time to read and browse on whatever things I want to write on this blog.

The Bald Runner will remain to be your “partner & companion” in running! Onward to my 2,000,000th-hit!

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